§ MR. FIELD
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether, seeing that all the accounts in connection with Irish I postal orders are at present kept in London, and that inquiries in Ireland regarding these postal orders must be sent to London to be dealt with, he will, in view of the longer time which it takes to send these inquiries to London and to I receive replies therefrom, and of the correspondence which this system gives rise to between the General Post Office, Dublin, and the General Post Office, London, transfer the accounts from London to Dublin.
I beg also to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, with a view to facilitating the transfer from London to Dublin of accounts of postal orders issued and paid in Ireland, he will make arrangements for issuing Irish postal orders with a separate series of numbers and a distinctive colour in the printing, as in the case of Irish money orders.
§ THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN,) Worcestershire, E.
The postal order accounts of Irish post offices are kept in Dublin, not in London; but all postal orders in the United Kingdom are issued from and ultimately returned to London. The issue of a separate series of orders for Ireland would greatly complicate the working of the system without securing any corresponding advantage. Postal order business gives rise to very little correspondence between the Dublin and London offices; and I am satisfied that nothing would be gained by adopting the system suggested by the hon. Member.